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these recent pictures. we don't know what's happened to her. >> all right, brian. thank you. that's it for me. thanks very much for watching. see you at 5:00 p.m. eastern in "the situation room." "newsroom" continues right now with brooke baldwin. >> wolf, thank you so much. hi there. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you for being with me. we are getting news just into cnn. 14 people, passengers and a crew member, have been taken to the hospital after a ferry ran aground. this was in north carolina today. this is a 64-foot boat. came to a sudden stop, hurling people all across the cabin, crashing into tables. a lot of questions at the moment, including the fact it's very unclear why this ship ran aground in the first place. updates as soon as we get them. meantime, mega millions fever is growing by the hour as lottery players are lining up, looking for a little luck and a
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whole lot of cash. the jackpot jumped once again today. so it now stands at $686 million. this is the second largest mega purse ever. but it has the potential to go even higher. $1 billion possibly by friday. but here's the thing. what if you don't pick tomorrow's six winning numbers? does that mean you're a loser? maybe not. last friday's drawing included nine $1 million winners. matching only five numbers can rake you in a cool million. that's not chump change. people will pass up on the easy money, and they don't even know about it. that's what we want to focus on today. lottery officials say millions of dollars in winnings typically go unclaimed to the tune of $800 million each and every year. unclaimed. what's that about? joining me now, counting his ticketing and thinking of his winnings, my friend richard quest. i have to make an admission.
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i haven't bought a ticket. >> you're a loser. >> apparently so. you could be too tonight, my friend. we will see. >> all right. so listen, $800 million a year they estimate according to gaming officials goes unclaimed. that is not the big one. what it is mainly is people who look at their tickets, realize they didn't win the big one, so they rip them up. >> they chuck the ticket. >> absolutely. instead of checking online or running their numbers through a computer checker where they might find they've won $50, $100, $1 million. then you've got all the people who just don't bother claiming those $1, $5, $10 prizes. it adds up over the years. >> but what happens? i mean, here's all this mini hundreds of millions each and every year that go unclaimed. are the lottery officials like, hey, richard quest, you have yet to collect your million dollars, you need to come pick it up. they don't do that, i do that? >> of course not. how do they know who you are?
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what you need to do, of course, is sign the back of your lottery ticket tonight. they all say the same thing. this is a negotiable instrument because it has value. notice i'm holding it with the instructions, not the numbers. i'm not having anybody stealing my numbers for tonight's draw. oh, no. >> something tells me you will not be sharing if you win. >> first, you sign the back. then look after the ticket. if you lose your ticket, you are out of luck. there is no going back. there's no discussion. there's no argument. >> what happens to the money? is it just gone? >> no, it goes -- some of it will go back to the good causes that underline the lottery. some will go back to the next week's lottery. and some goes back to the cost of running the lottery. each part of the mega millions syndicate has different rules for how it's run and how the
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payments should be made. >> okay. i'm talking to my editorial team right now in atlanta watching. i hear some of you went into an office pool. we're going to share, right guys? richard quest, thank you very much. >> no, no, no. there's no sharing. these are mine! >> i'm not talking about you. i'm talking about the good people in atlanta who will share with me, i hope. i hope they're watching anded noing a-- and nodding. remind me to buy a ticket when i'm done. now to this. clear ruling by a federal judge vindicates nsa whistleblower edward snowden. some of the biggest names in the technology industry just wrapping up this meeting with the president at the white house. i'm talking google, yahoo! apple, microsoft, and twitter. keep in mind, this is a meeting scheduled after several of these companies sent this open letter to washington asking them to reform the government's
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surveillance programs. then there's the times here. we talked about this yesterday. edward snowden releasing a statement saying he feels vindicated by the ruling saying that the collection of data by the nsa he revealed to the world was most likely a violation of the constitution. and the reporter who helped snowden break the news told cnn he agrees. >> how can it not vindicate him? let's use common sense for a minute. here's an american citizen working inside of the government who discovers that the united states government is doing things without the knowledge of the american people that is so illegal, so against the core constitutional guarantees of the constitution that a george bush appointed judge today said that it's not even a close call. he said james madison would be aghast if he knew that the u.s. government would be collecting extremely invasive data on every single american without any remote suspicion let alone
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probable cause. i think it's not only the right but the duty of an american citizen in edward snowden's situation to come forward at great risk to himself and inform his fellow citizens about what it is their government is doing in the dark that is illegal. >> let's take you straight to the white house to brianna keilar. let's talk really quickly here about this meeting with the tech bosses and the president. this was scheduled before this ruling and also was to do with the economy, healthcare.gov, but in light of, you know, what happened with the nsa and the developments, what came out of this meeting? >> reporter: yeah, the nsa really the most pressing issue. we don't know exactly what came out of the meeting because we're still waiting to hear from the white house and none of these executives came to the cameras here. most pressing among the issues they wanted to discuss really was their bottom line when it comes to these nsa leaks. their systems, their networks, some of them anyway, some of the executives here, their company systems and networks have been used for this surveillance. so that's a big concern for them. then the other thing has to do
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with the federal health care website. if anything, it's revealed that the federal government isn't so tech savvy, right. they're not really good at managing projects like this. so when president obama and administration officials are getting advice from top execs like google, facebook, twitter, linkedin, even etsy was here. that's invaluable insight for the administration. >> okay. we'll wait to see maybe if we get some read out from the meeting. >> reporter: we will. it's just not out yet. >> okay. we'll wait for it. meantime, big announcement from the white house today. talk to me about this new enlistment to take over healthcare.gov. >> reporter: this is a really big deal. the former top exec at microsoft will come in to try to shepherd healthcare.gov to success. jeff zeinst is going to be one
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of the president's top economic advisers. as he departs from that position as things have started to run a little more smoothly, kurt is going to be coming in. we're told that he is going to be there through the first half of 2014. this is very much a work in progress and the administration feels they need that point person with a lot of tech background. >> thank you, my friend. and let's say in washington. the landmark two-year budget deal as of this moment is all but ready for the president's signature. congress has actually done its work. how about this for a round of applause? skbl not on >> not only are we going to right this wrong, we're going to remind people who you are, and any politician who wants to do this again is going to get the hell kicked out of them.
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>> hello, lindsey graham. thre threatens to kick some you know what. he says, quote, we are screwing america's veterans with this budget. we'll hit that in a moment. to dana bash we go, our chief congressional correspondent. the vote here in the senate. this is not the absolute final vote. this was the procedural vote today on the budget. can we say this is pretty much a done deal here? >> yes, we can say it's pretty much a done deal. the time vote is going to be tomorrow. based on the fact that a dozen republicans joined all democrats in the key procedural vote today, probably won't get that high of a vote tomorrow, but it will be pretty comfortable, we understand. >> okay. we'll wait for that tomorrow. let's talk about the veterans. keep in mind we are still in deficit cutting mode, supposedly. the biggest part of the budget pie is still the military. as republican paul ryan himself points out. this is a quote from him. he says this, that the military provides an exceptionally generous retirement benefit,
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often providing 40 years of pension payments for 20 years of service. ryan and a lot of others are saying we have to reform military compensation. so this reform would cut the cost of living raise by 1 percentage point for veterans who served at least 20 years of active duty. once they hit 60, they get the full raise back. but it doesn't even start until two years from now, which leaves the door open for folks like lindsey graham. >> i promise everybody here we're going to win over time. not only are we going to right this wrong, we're going to remind people who you are. and any politician who wants to do this again is going to get the hell kicked out of them. >> so again, lindsey graham is going to fight this. has two years to do so. do you foresee these veterans getting relief, the flip side
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being adding that money back to the deficit. >> it is always possible. look, this is something that congress tends not to do because the military groups are really powerful and because so many members in the house and senate have veterans in their districts and states. the bottom line, when you're talking about the hard core numbers, is what paul ryan had said, which is that this is a huge expense and it is only getting even more expensive to give these military retirees such a nice package basically, especially since a lot of them do retire pretty young, which is why they crafted this measure or this deal to kind of go down after they turn 40 and go back up when they hit the more traditional retirement age, which is 62. but it really is costing a lot
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of money. will this go back into the treasury, you know, or will they change this? i would certainly not rule that out given the opposition and given the power of these groups. at the same time, we also should remember that a big concern among everybody in the military was the fact you had these four spendi ining cuts in the defens department. a lot of that was fixed or changed as part of this deal. >> dana, thank you. we talk to veterans next hour. we'll talk about unemployment benefits left out of this package. coming up, it has everyone talking, this collection of beatles bootlegs released right now on sale. we're going to ask a critic, how are they? how are the tunes? plus, a teenager goes in to have routine tonsil surgery and now she is brain dead. we'll talk about how it happened
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a 13-year-old girl went in for a tonsillectomy. now she's brain dead. after her grieving family has now come out, they are fighting for her life, trying, they say, to keep the hospital from taking her off life support. >> all these people right here got the same belief that we all have, that she could still wake up. >> don't pull the plug, don't pull the plug, don't pull the plug. >> loved ones of jahi mcmath have been protesting against oakland children's hospital. right now they're waiting on test results to see if the
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eighth grader has any brain activity, proof to the hospital that doctors should not remove the ventilator. as they wait, the family has also presented the hospital with a court order to stop doctors from removing jahi's life support. >> regardless of the results now, with this in place, they still can't move. this letter is going to buy us time. that's all we've been asking for is time. this letter is going to buy us time. >> an official told cnn the hospital decides if jahi should stay on life support because she technically died on thursday. you see, jahi underwent thursday back on december ninth to help with her sleep apnea. afterward, she hemorrhaged. she suffered a heart attack and became brain dead. her mother says she then pleaded to get a final brain scan. >> they are telling me straight up, the coroner is coming to get her, say your last good-byes. i went in there and cried to this man and said check her brain one more time.
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i asked him, do you have children? he said yeah. i said, well, you should know how it feels. we just need a little bit of brain activity and we can keep her on. >> so you convinced him? >> i did. i had to. >> how does this even happen? senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen joining me now. you feel for this family without this power. what is the hospital saying in return? >> you know, the hospital issued a statement, brooke. let me read part of it. what they said is, whenever we see a medical or surgical complication, we are reviewing her case very closely. our hearts go out to her family and we want to support them during this extremely difficult time. so that is what the hospital has to say. now, brooke, of course just like you said, the big question is, how in the world does this happen? you're talking about a tonsillectomy, right. pretty much everybody knows someone who had them. they're so routine. but the reality is that even with a tonsillectomy, you can die. there was one study that looked at 15,000 tonsillectomies and one patient died.
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out of those 15,000, five bled so badly that they needed a transfusion just like this young girl did. so out of 15,000, five needed a blood transfusion. a small number, but it's there. those bad outcomes happen. >> let's play a little bit more. this is jahi's mother pleading with the hospital to not pull the plug. >> nobody called the doctor until it was too late. that's the problem. my daughter drowned in her own blood. god is going to help me find out the truth. i don't even have anymore tears. i'm all cried out. i'm angry. >> elizabeth, where does this go next? it's this back and forth here. what happens next potentially? >> you know, this is where lawyers get involved and it gets very -- it can get very messy and very ugly. it can go on for quite a while. the way that this usually works is when there's no brain activity when you have so-called brain death, the patient is
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dead. you know, that's usually where that story ends. i asked a doctor once, especially with children, don't you have parents who beg you not to, you know, pull the plug, so to speak. they say, yes, but when we talk to them after a couple of days, they begin to understand what's going on, that this child is no longer alive. but every so often, you get a case like this where the doctors and the parents just aren't going to see eye to eye. . >> and in the holiday season, i wish this family peace right now. thank you so much. here's a question. does the judge's ruling against nsa intelligence gathering techniques change your mind about what edward snowden did? snowden hailed a hero by so many for revealing how much the government has been spying on individuals. others say he's a criminal. you'll hear the arguments in a couple minutes. plus, you can now get your hands on dozens of bootleg beatles songs. why is this happening now? we'll talk about that coming up.
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their music defined generations. here you have the inductees for the rock and roll hall of fame, the latest class. ♪ ♪
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maybe i'll see you there. i hope to go as well. and from one group of music legends to another, 50 years ago today the british invasion changed american music forever. the epic sounds here. john lennon, paul mccartney, george harrison, ringo star tra transfixed america. now half a century later, this collection of rare recordings has been released called the beatles bootleg recordings. they're from 1963. here's one of the 59 tracks. you know it. "there's a place." ♪ >> you can't hear that and not b-bop along. the tracks are mostly recordings of bbc performances from 1963
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along with demos, studio outtakes. the only issue for some of the fans around the world, some have missed the sale because in several countries are the songs were taken down as suddenly as they had appeared on itunes. joining me is jim shear. so nice to see you and talk music. this is so awesome. so, so awesome. this is really about -- like, it's a copyright issue. this is about adding 20 more. >> you should have a european lawyer here. >> we have you. >> you have me. for an unreleased track, it's only a 50-year window for copyright. that 50-year window ends at the end of this year. if it's a release track, the record label gets 20 more years out of the recordings. that might be it. maybe they're trying to one up beyonce. in some countries they put them
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up and took them down. we don't know how long we're going to get them. we're hoping forever. but that's the thing. with beyonce's stunt last week, today we get the beatles, tomorrow, do we still have the bootlegs? we don't know. that's why people are rushing to itunes. just to their computer. >> let's listen to more music. that's really what this is about. this is "bad to me" also from the '59 bootleg songs. >> let's b-bop. ♪ >> you, my friend, have listened to 30 of the 59. how are they? >> they're good, but it's for the beatles completist. there's a lot of one songs saying this is take five, this is take seven.
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it's nothing -- i mean, there are some songs we haven't heard before, but it's basically for the beatles nerd. >> okay. >> a lot of alternate takes. >> for the beatles nerd, if we're talking outtakes, can you hear them talking, or is it pure singing? >> you can hear some of them talking. you can hear them joking around. >> that's fantastic. >> there are songs we've heard on the radio for years and years and years and there's a different inflection on their vocals or a different guitar strum. you're like, oh, that's different. so it's nice to hear it. some of the recordings are gritty. you get punk rock beatles in a way. >> okay. and here we are 50 years later. the fact you and i are sitting here on national television and talking about this, that's not nothing. >> they're the greatest ever. that's not hyperbole. >> we end with that. jim shearer, thank you so much. now to this. from health care to spy scandals. it has not been a great year for president obama. are there any bright spots among the plunging polls? we'll talk about that and go to washington ahead. but first, we are hearing that
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welcome back. i'm brooke baldwin. is nsa leaker edward snowden a criminal, or is he a hero? his supporters say the ruling by a federal judge vindicates him and snowden agrees. the judge saying the nsa collection of phone records that snowden revealed is likely illegal, likely unconstitutional. all of this happening as snowden again tries to get out of russia, pinning th ipenning thir to brazil, offering to help the government investigate alleged spying by the u.s. but on one condition, that he be granted permanent political asylum. joining me now, buck sexton. nice to see both of you gentlemen here today. if this were
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>> do you think he's thinking now that's probably not going to happen, maybe i'll go south? >> well, i think he's playing his options here.
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he obviously knows that he's in possession of very valuable information that has a lot of people seriously worried at the nsa. so worried that some of them are saying we have to make a deal with this guy to get the stuff back. i think he's hedging his bets and trying to look for another place to land if the united states says no to a deal. >> it's a question i'm asking over and over because i think it's incredibly valid when it comes to -- here he is in the eyes of a criminal, facing felony charges of espionage in the united states. if he's granted asylum, what kind of precedent does it set for all these other people, government workers, who say, hey, if i have my fingers on this information, i won't get in trouble. >> it's something of a shock as somebody who's had to sign the papers and hold up his hand for the oath myself. they take any kind of disclosure incredibly seriously. serious criminal charges can often follow suit. so when you look at what the precedent is that this would set
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for snowden, if he were to be given amnesty, it would invite people to do more things in the future. are there going to be a lot of people who want to go to china, rush sharsia russia, and risk the ire of the u.s. government? maybe not, but it could be problematic in the future. he's clearly violated the law, so it's a question of whether or not -- >> but he's the functional equivalent in the intelligence community of a mass murderer in terms of criminal law. i say that because the amount of information that he has allegedly disclosed -- >> 1.7 million documents. >> -- it could make him the greatest traitor to the united states in american history. nsa is certainly saying he has the ability to compromise intelligence gathering operations all over the world. so do you want to make a deal with him, give him a slap on the wrist and bring him back? it's a really, really hard
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decision. >> how does president obama hand this will? >> president obama, i think they have to continue with charges. honestly, i don't think they're going to be able to come up with some kind of a deal. i think snowden is going to get permanent asylum status somewhere. he's going to live out his days outside the united states. he'll be something of a global celebrity. i don't think he's going to come back to the u.s. and be a homeland celebrity, if you will. and again, we don't know what the documents are. if he has what they believe he has, if it's stashed away somewhere, if foreign governments have not been able to penetrate what he has, we just hope they will never get access to that. it could be incredibly damaging. if it is what people think it is, i don't even want to know what would happen to the u.s. going down the line. >> it's all about leverage. the obama administration is going to say, what does he have, and how badly could it hurt us? >> that's why i opened the way i did. leverage, blackmail, whatever you want to call it. >> if he's got the goods to kill us abroad, to destroy
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intelligence operations, to compromise agents in the field, they're going to do a deal with him. as distasteful as it is, they may have to. prosecutors every day offer immunity to organized crime people to get another person and to save something. you know, something, that's what they're looking at right now. >> paul callan and buck sexton. thank you very much. fascinating discussion. we'll see where it goes next, where he goes next. now this. recent turmoil in north korea has not put a kink in dennis rodman's travel plans. the former nba player on his way to pyongyang as part of what he calls basketball diplomacy. north korean basketball players are being trained for a game against a team of former nba players set to be played next month in north korea. now, it is unclear if he will be meeting with kim jong-un, although it is likely since the two have met in the past. meanwhile, the north korean leader marked the second anniversary of his father's
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death today. during the ceremony, kim jong-un sat front and center below the image of his father. the anniversary comes one week after public announcement of the execution of his uncle. michael jordan has been rejected, not on the court, but in an attempt to auction off his chicago mansion. i'm talking to the tune of some $21 million. does it help or hurt when a homeowner is a celebrity? we'll look into the inside world here, the inner dealings in selling a multimillion dollar home. and safe to say it has been a tough, tough year for president obama. popularity numbers, all these polls are plunging. what has hurt him the most? a lot of options to choose from. we'll talk about that next. ♪
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you might have heard this a time or two or three. 2013, the first year of the president's second term in office has been pretty rough. you've had the domestic spying disclosures, a drag on recovery, plus the health care rollout debacle. today we're seeing a poll that matches his record low approval rating. you see the number. 43%, down 11 points this year. gloria borger, chief political analyst, joining me now. we looked under the hood of the poll. this is by "the washington post" and abc news. this is what stands out. let me show everyone. on protecting the middle class, one year ago obama was hammering d.c. republicans. if you look at the now column on the left side, only 6% more pick
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the president over republicans for backing the middle class. what, gloria borger, does that say to you? >> well, it's a real problem for the president. i mean, as you point out, brooke, he's up over the republicans, but he's losing some of his base. i mean, you know, this is the president's bread and butter. this is one of the reasons he won re-election. when you looked at barack obama versus mitt romney, it was who cares about my problems, who's better able to understand me, who's going to protect the middle class. i think part of what we've seen because of the bad rollout of the affordable care act and the fact that while there's been some good economic news, it hasn't really trickled down to main street yet. lots of people don't feel it. and they have a sense that they're being squeezed and that health care wasn't what they had hoped for. so you see these numbers taking a dive. he can rescue it if the affordable care act starts
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performing properly and if people start feeling an economic recovery. but right now it's pretty dicey for him. >> and honestly, gloria, the poll shows the president's gained back a couple of points after the plunge from the, you know, keep your own insurance pledge, which we talked about many, many times. but whether he's honest and trustworthy, he's down. he's down six points from last year. you talk about how he could bounce back, maybe depending on how the rollout improves. what about trustworthiness? how does he turn that around? >> well, that's -- you know, and that's the big problem. people kind of give up on you if they believe that you're not telling them the truth, brooke. if they think you have no credibility and also if they don't think you're competent. it's hard enough -- >> it's a big deal. >> it's a huge deal. and it's hard enough for a president in the sixth year of his presidency. people kind of start moving on to the next thing.
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particularly if they don't trust you. and that was what the president always had again -- you know, looking back at the last election. he's got to get his credibility back. and the problem is -- and we don't know how this is going to turn out, okay. but the problem is, you know, the pledge, if you like your health care, you can keep it, that's what affects his credibility. and the question is whether this turns into the problem that it was for bush 41 when he said read my lips, no new taxes. and then he raised taxes. people in his own party turned on him. we don't know yet whether you can keep your health care pledge will turn into that yet. >> all right. gloria borger, thank you very much. and what if you have been a winner all your life but no one wants to buy your house? michael jordan, mj, 23 here, put his home up for auction but no one wanted to pay the minimum
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nba hall of famer basketball great michael jordan used to winning, but he's no slam dunk in the real estate market apparently because he's been trying to sell his nine-bedroom chicago mansion for two years and he's just not getting any pickup here. 56,000 square feet. let me say that again. 56,000 square foot home in chicago's highland park went on the auction block yesterday. look at this. it's pristine. it's beautiful. and it's not cheap. he originally listed the home for $29 million but dropped it to 21. the auction reserve was actually much lower but no one wanted to pay that. the plush 7.5-acre state has an n nba-size basketball course, a
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putting green, a pool pavilion. jordan's love of cars, that's legendary. so this place comes equipped with three garages that can house up to 14 cars. you got to have 14 cars to fill this thing up. i don't know who has 14 cars. jordan says he's selling because his kids are grown, doesn't need quite a substantial home. but why isn't the place selling? let's talk about this with "forbes" magazine's staff writer erin carlisle. erin, what's the deal? no curb appeal? looks lovely to me. i don't have that kind of change lying around, but why isn't this selling, you think? >> well, first of all, thanks for having me. michael jordan shouldn't take it personally. i spoke with one of my sources out in los angeles who deals in a lot of celebrity homes. he told me that people do tend to pay a premium for a celebrity home, and someone like michael jordan certainly could get that.
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the issue, though, is the price. maybe if the home is priced at $10 million, a celeb might get $10.5, but they're certainly not going to get $20 million for a $10 million home. >> is that what it is? a little too high, north of 20? but i'm no real estate connoisseur, but is that what it should approximately appraise at when you look at everything that's offered and just the sheer size? >> well, that's a good question. you know, the bottom line is the house probably is overpriced. the auction price -- i don't actually know what the reserve price was, but the way the auction works is when there's a reserve, there's a minimum bid. the fact it isn't sell means no one wanted to pay that price, the minimum bid. when you look at the local market, the next highest priced home in the area is only $1.25 million. so at 21, michael jordan's property is one of a kind in the
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neighborhood. >> maybe if he tossed in the 14 cars to go in the 14-car garage you got a deal. i don't really know. but it's michael jordan. we'll see. a lot of money for sure. erin carlisle, "forbes" magazine, thank you for joining me. we'll follow it up and see who has that kind of money. coming up, a bucket list for everyone. see what happened when an artist invited just anyone to come out, fill out this chalkboard of final wishes in life. the bucket list. plus, we'll talk about some video that really speaks for itself. a crack smoking mayor walks into a gospel choir. not the beginning of a joke here. [ coughs, sneezes ] i have a big meeting when we land, but i am so stuffed up, i can't rest. [ male announcer ] nyquil cold and flu liquid gels don't unstuff your nose. they don't? alka seltzer plus night fights your worst cold symptoms, plus has a decongestant. [ inhales deeply ]
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now to some of the hottest stories in a flash, rapid fire. roll it. all right. take a look at this with me. see the guy in the tie on the right? does he look familiar? oh, yeah. the guy in the tie, the dark coat here, rob ford. you know him, toronto mayor rob ford.
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what to say? maybe he wasn't kidding about his whole come to jesus moment because this is rob ford sunday in a church in toronto. i don't have to tell you. you know about his recent substance abuse issues. there he is dancing with a gospel choir. heart-stopping moment at an airport in poland. watch the left side of your screen. a dad places his baby on the luggage counter, looks away to repack his bag, and it's in that moment the baby, there it goes. oh, falls off the table. a quick-thinking security guard dives into the rescue, catches the child inches from the floor. according to reports, the officer received a bonus for his quick hands. as for the dad, he's got to feel bad about himself. there's one syracuse warehouse where people are actually encouraged to share their innermost thoughts, innermost goals on a bucket
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list. wsyr reports the owner of the factory turned this 170-foot long wall into this living chalkboard. you see people writing different things. thousands have stopped by to write down the answer to one simple question them blemblazon on the wall. it's a huge hit. wsyr reports already more than 400 walls like this all around the world. and we roll on, hour two, top of the hour. i'm brooke baldwin. the millions, they are growing by the hour. can't you hear them? the top mega millions prize inches closer to the $1 billion mark. the jackpot got even fatter today, folks. right now it sits at $636 million. lottery officials say if no one wins tonight, we could be at
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$950 million by friday. that is quite a bit of money. the odds of winning, not in your favor. i don't have to tell you that. you know that anyway. you have to play to win, as they say. certainly not stopping the fever. alison kosik, you've been hanging out at this 7-eleven in times square all day. what, do you have 50 tickets by now? >> reporter: actually, i only have five, but the day is still young. lots of people continuing to line up here to my right. you know, this is really a big deal. these numbers are just astounding because, yes, if this jackpot rolls over again, it could go to $950 on friday. if it rolls over yet again, it could go to $1 billion on christmas eve. what a gift that would be. many are asking, why is it that this is rolling over so many times? part of it could be that there's been a rule change with this game. back in october, lotto officials changed the rules. they made the pool of numbers you pick from a lot bigger.
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you used to pick between 1 and 56. now you choose between 1 and 75. so more numbers means more combinations, means you've got, you know, longer odds of winning. what are those odds? 1 in 259 million. that got us wondering, what would that look like? i want to illustrate that. here's your odds of 1 in 10. we have ten dollar bills lined up. i'm going to pick a winner. that was easy. imagine this line stretched out into 259 bills. what would that look like? if i laid out these bills end to end length wise that, would stretch around the world once and you would still have $1100 left over. try to win among 259 million of those. good luck to you, brooke. >> okay. here's the thing. this is what i want to talk about. listen, i don't know who's going to win the $950 million, if it gets that high. but there are -- you have to hang on to your tickets. this is my takeaway for the day. people are still winning $1
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million but they chuck the ticket because they didn't win the big drawing. >> reporter: exactly. so when you see those jackpot numbers hitting, you look at your ticket and say, i didn't win, don't throw the ticket out yet. look closely at those numbers because there are a lot of lesser prizes. there's proof that a lot of people have left behind a lot of money. $800 million in lotto prizes on average are left behind. just in new york last year, $65 million in lotto money. just poof, never picked up. california, $22 million. that's a lot of money. one other thing to keep in mind, if you've got a winning ticket of any kind, you've got only a certain amount of time to claim your prize. anywhere from 3 to 12 months. you don't want to sit on it too long, especially after you've maybe waited in this line. >> good luck, my friend. good luck tonight, you and your five tickets. alison kosik, thank you very much. now to this story developing right now. this wildfire, look at this. this is burning in the beautiful
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coastal region of california's big sur. officials say the fire has burned more than 500 acres. it is only 5% contained. when you think about the terrain, this is rough terrain. a lot of heavy smoke making fire fighting extremely difficult at this moment. in north carolina today, 14 people, passengers and a crew member, have been taken to it the hospital after this ferry ran aground near battery island. this is a 64-foot boat, came to a sudden stop, hurling people across the cabin, crashing into tables. it's still unclear at this point why the ship ran aground. updates as we get them. and six u.s. troops were killed today when a helicopter crash landed in southern afghanistan. one person survived the crash, which officials say was apparently caused by engine failure. there was no enemy activity in the area the at time. the troops were members of the nato-led international security assistance force.
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and to washington now where some of the world's biggest tech bosses just finished a meeting with the president. i'm talking google, yahoo! apple, microsoft, twitter, among others. this meeting scheduled a week ago after these industry leaders asked the government to change its spying practices. and the timing here of this meeting, it's pretty incredible. we broke the news yesterday that a federal court ruled that data mining performed by the nsa, revealed to the world by edward snowden, was most likely unconstitutional. jake tapper jo eper joining me . the meeting just wrapped. do we have a read-out? >> sources tell me the first 45 minutes of the meeting were spent discussing healthcare.gov. then the president and vice president came and spent most of the next two hours talking about
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the big concern of these tech companies, and that is reforming the national security agency and the requirement that these companies have to abide by instructions from the u.s. government. they talked about bulk collection. they talked about the prism program. they talked about the electronic communications privacy act. they talked about the secret court, the fisa court, where these decisions are made as opposed to public courts. and in general, the tech companies argued for more transparency from the obama administration. remember, this is not just an issue of principle for them. this is also an issue of money. if people cannot rely on these tech companies to keep their information private and they can't in the united states, then they might take their businesses elsewhere. especially if they're a company that deal with things that are very confidential in nature, such as banking transactions and the like. so the big push from the tech
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companies was more transparency, more reform. >> okay. so this is what they want. then we talk about this yesterday, this federal court ruling, you know, that this is possibly unconstitutional. snowden wrote that, quote, nsa spy program is collapsing. collapsing. i mean, some people see him as a hero. some see him as a criminal. here he is, perhaps single handedly bringing down the nsa. you agree? >> i wouldn't say he's bringing down the nsa. he certainly is bringing more attention to a bunch of surveillance programs that the public did not know about and therefore in many ways obviously did not care about even when some of them were hinted at or discussed in previous years than anyone has ever done before. he's certainly been a disrupter of public support and congressional support for these programs. but as of right now, i haven't seen any major changes to any of them. there have been admissions from
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the intelligence apparatus in this country. for instance, from james clapper, that he was not honest before congress when he testified earlier this year. that's an admission it's hard to see he would have made had it not been for snowden bringing to the attention that there was this bulk collection of meta data. in terms of major reforms, not yet. >> jake tapper, thank you. reminder "the lead" with jake tapper starts at the top of the hour. >> coming up, a fan reaches out to justin timberlake, asks for a little favor and the singer accepted. the whole thing played out on stage. we have it for you. also, a gay rights magazine has just named pope francis its person of the year. i'll talk live to a conservative catholic about his pope and the direction the pope is taking the church. and multivitamins. you take yours in the morning? are they a complete waste of money? wait until you hear what doctors
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tell you. >> louisville affiliate wdrv says joshua clemens there on his knee, taking a knee, wrote a letter to justin timberlake asking to make the big proposal to his long-time love kim martin. just judging by her face here, she said yes. >> we finally caught each other on the phone. they told me that justin had a big plan and wanted to know if i was ready to do it big. i said definitely. >> there's no way this is happening right now. then i got up there and it was. i was just like in total shock. i couldn't do anything but just stand there and like, oh, my goodness. >> clemens says it took nearly 100 e-mail and phone calls to pull this thing off. justin timberlake planned the whole thing. clearly a night to remember. now the pope. pope francis has one heck of a
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marketing strategy. not only does he continue to be in the headlines, but now this. take a look at the cover of "the advocate." he's the person of the year in this gay rights magazine. you even see the no hate mark there on his cheek. "the advocate" saying pope francis was the most influential person on the lives of lgbt people. why? mostly because of his ground breaking comments this summer that if someone is gay and tries doing right by god, who is he to judge? keep in mind, the pope did not come close to endorsing same-sex unions or civil marriage, but he's taken one huge step forward. joining me now, bill donahuedon president of the catholic league. nice to see you. >> thank you. >> do you feel more of a conflict with the pope now? does this put you at conflict with him?
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>> no, it doesn't. to tell you the truth, i have to say when i heard about it, and i was just surfing around the internet. i thought, oh, boy, it's going to be snarky. quite frankly, it was very respectful. and it was accurate. in other words, they did say that he's reaching out to gays as people but not bending on same-sex marriage. i have no problem with that. i thought it was very respectful. i think if this is a side that maybe some people in the gay community will stop bashing the church, maybe there's enough people out there who are bashing gays that ought to lay low also. >> let's talk about the laying low. there are 1 billion or so catholics worldwide. many of whom are conservative, many of whom, you know, some would argue have a lot to learn and are learning a lot from this pope. would you say you fall in that camp? do you think you are learning from the bits and pieces of the news that the pope is making? >> well, i look at the catholic catechism and it says clearly we should treat with respect and
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passion and sensitivity people who are homosexuals. i don't think any pope said anything different. except he is reaching out more. so tone does matter. i don't think you're going to see -- >> how do you feel about him reaching out more? >> i think that's good. i think we ought to get the monkey off our back. look, the catholic church is against fornication and adultery. those are acts that are normally committed by heterosexuals. i don't think we're anti-straight because we're against fornication and adultery. i know the catholic church is a very hard bar to clear on sexuality. very hard. but i have to tell you the truth. i don't think the catholic church is -- i'm not saying there are catholics who aren't anti-gay. as far as i'm concerned, they ought to throw them out of the church. >> like i said, he's not necessarily coming out and endorsing same-sex marriage, but he's saying if they do right by god, who am i to judge? are you okay with that? >> i don't have a problem with it. there are conservative catholics who stereotype homosexuals, but there are homosexuals who ste o
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stereotype catholics. >> what about the fact that more and more gays and lesbians are becoming involved with the church and are in support of the current pope francis? >> like the pope said, as long as you're following god's will, straight or gay doesn't make any difference. the catholic church has never been officially given any kind of a tilt toward heterosexuals over homosexuals. i don't see the problem. you know what? i think "the advocate" surprised a conservative like me. i want to commend them for choosing the pope as the person of the year. i'll probably get some flak from some conservative catholics over this, but it was written very respectfully. >> bill donohue, thank you, sir. happy holidays. coming up, new tracks from the beatles. 59 super rare bootleg tracks from 1963. if you have not heard them yet, we have some. we'll share with you. we'll also talk to a beatles
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some major health headlines pit marketers against medical experts. they involve products they say we all should be taking for years. i took mine this morning, multivitamins. an editorial says that using them is a waste of money.
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keep in mind this comes just after the fda announced a proposal to go after anti-bacterial soap. the fda wants soap makers to prove the anti-bacterial stuff is more effective than simple soap. so with me now, rheumatologist, dr. natalie azar. nice to see you. >> thank you. >> i took my multivitamin this morning. should i be taking it? >> if you believe the research, the answer is no. >> do you believe the research? >> what i believe is that the researchers who analyzed the data did a good job of it, and their conclusions are that for an otherwise healthy person, okay, who is eating a well-balanced diet and exercising, taking an additional multivitamin supplement on a daily basis will not decrease the occurrence of, you know, risk for chronic disease, cardiovascular disease, can
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session, and all-cause mortality. so what does that mean? if you get sick and want to take zinc supplements or some people swear certain supplements make them feel better. there's probably a subgroup of people who benefits and perhaps a subgroup of people who is harmed by taking supplements. but the overall, overwhelming evidence really for years has consistently shown what we call a null effect, meaning it's not really affecting these important long-term outcomes. >> okay. so maybe for kicks i'll keep taking my multivitamin. >> if you look at the bottle of a multivitamin and it says it contains this much iron, this much zinc, if you look at the percentages, it's exceedingly low. it's like 10%, 13% of the recommended daily allowance. so for anybody to, you know, go around thinking they can have a poor diet but take a multivitamin and -- it's not a solution. but what's nice and elegant
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about this is that these researchers looked at studies covering over 400,000 people and found no benefit in terms of these major important outcomes, more to . >> okay. so just in 30 seconds, is there any one group of people who absolutely should be taking them? >> so i think not just taking generally taking a multivitamin, but if you have a specific nutritional deficiency, you're definitely vitamin d deficient, you need that supplement. people who are malnourished, either from sickness or from disease or alcohol abuse, you know, things like that, people who have had parts of their bowel resected. those are certainly exceptions to that rule. >> natalie, thank you. >> you're welcome. >> thank you, thank you. coming up here, congress close to passing a budget. shocking, i know, but find out what's in this current deal that's not really making either side happy. we'll take you to washington. also, a teenager suspended
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from school for, wait for it, hugging his teacher. >> i was thinking that maybe she had a bad day or something. but usually a hug would help a person in that case. but i mean, she took it the other way. >> that young man suspended for a year, and that's not the whole story. stay right here. [ female ann] it's time for the annual shareholders meeting. ♪ there'll be the usual presentations on research. and development. some new members of the team will be introduced. the chairman emeritus will distribute his usual wisdom. and you? well, you're the chief life officer. you just need the right professional to help you take charge. ♪ to help you take charge. so when my moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis them. was also on display, i'd had it.
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all right. here we are, bottom of the hour. i'm brooke baldwin. thank you so much for being with me here today. question, did you know that on the day after christmas, december 26th, that about 1.3 million americans will run out of unemployment insurance? they've used it all up, state and federal, poof, gone. for them, it is a frightening holiday season. >> are you ready to see me on the street begging for food? you know? i know i'm not ready to. >> all right. so this is the bones of contention in the two-year budget that's just about law by now. since it passed that test vote, this procedural vote in the senate late this morning, by the way you see rookie senator cory booker manning the president's chair. this is the senate version of
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hazing, making freshmen carrying out this little chore. anyway, democrats have demanded to extend the expiring payments. but they didn't get their way. this wasn't part of the deal. back to dana bash, our chief congressional correspondent. let's focus on dems. we talked republicans last hour. will democrats push to extend these unemployment insurance benefits here when congress reconvenes next year? >> yes, they will. in fact, harry reid, the senate majority leader who sets the schedule, is already saying that the last thing they're going to do before leaving for the year is set a vote for early next year, meaning early january, to take up this idea of extending those long-term unemployment benefits. so, yes, they will. >> okay. >> that is one of many issues that democrats have. obviousl of course, on the republican side, they have military pension issue, which is something i've heard that they are going to try to replenish or restore when they come back as well.
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>> okay. backing up, we talked about this last week, this budget deal passed the house last week. we had the procedural vote this morning on the senate side. congress actually managing it sounds like to get a little something done. so a little applause for that. but not a whole lot else, right? big picture. >> big picture, absolutely. you know, obviously people like to talk about the do nothing congress. i have to quote our house producer who called this the do something small congress. but when you look at the actual numbers, and i can put them up on the screen, 57, that is the number of bills that left capitol hill, passed congress, and went to the president's desk for his signature. look how small that is compared to past congresses. we're only halfway through the 113th congress. they could somehow miraculously pass hundreds more. it certainly doesn't look like they're on track to do that. that gives you a sense of where things are. i should say, in fairness, a lot of people who are elected to
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congress, particularly on the republican side, brooke, believe that using their time wisely to stop laws from being passed, laws that many people think are bad. so the number doesn't necessarily reflect the productivity for a number of congress. but there are big, big things left on the table. the farm bill, for example. that's is something that members of both parties know has to get done. it is critically important for farmers out there and people who are getting benefits that help low-income americans and so forth. you see up there probably the most important thing that congress has to do, that they're supposed to do, is fund the government. they're supposed to pass 12 spending bills to do so. none of those has passed congress and been sent to the president's desk. of course, immigration reform, which did pass the senate but is nowhere in the house. maybe that's something they take up next year. we'll see. >> looking at my next guests
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shaking their heads. dana bash, thank you so much. a hug. you heard me, a hug may end up derailing one high school senior's college plans. surveillance video shows the embrace that got this georgia teenager kicked out of school. i know. looks harmless. but the target of the teen's affection says it is part of a bad pattern. cnn's kelly wallace has the story. >> reporter: surveillance footage from duluth high school shows sam mcnair, a senior, placing his arms around a teacher. after that seemingly inokous with act, he was suspended for one year for sexual harassment, ruining his chance at a lacrosse scholarship. >> it just threw everything off. the high school diploma and graduating on time, i wouldn't be able to receive that scholarship. >> reporter: take a look. sam approaches the teacher from behind and hugs her, but watch closely. she pushes him and he walks
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away. >> i was thinking that maybe she had a bad day or something, you know. usually a hug would help a person in that case. i mean, she took it the other way. >> reporter: according to the discipline report obtained by our affiliate wgcl, the teacher claims sam's lips and cheeks touched her neck. she also claims she's warned him before, both things the student denies. he does admit to hugging this teacher in the past but says he's never received any warnings. a representative of duluth high school says this is a discipline issue and that if a parent has concerns about the outcome of a panel, he or she is entitled to appeal the decision. >> just, you know, blind side us like this and just say sexual harassment and the video doesn't show that, it's just a little bit unfair for the punishment that he's received. >> kelly wallace joins me now along with hln legal analyst joey jackson. good to see you guys. what was, last week the 6-year-old getting suspended for
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a smooch. granted, he's 17, but a year suspended. why so harsh? >> i know. that's getting a lot of attention online. seems like an extreme punishment. the school district says it can't really talk about the specifics of this situation, nor can it talk about a student's past discipline behavior and record. what it says is that a hearing officer looks into this and takes that past discipline record and previous suspensions into account when determining the consequences. sam mcnair has said that, yes, he does have a discipline record. he has suspended before. but never for sexual harassment. so that's the issue here. >> yikes. what happened to the age of innocence, brooke? >> it's out. it's gone. >> mom says she wants to appeal the decision. what if nothing comes from that? would she have grounds to sue? >> i think it's problematic. i think it will be, wiser minds will prevail. kelly, you said it best when setting it up.
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innocuous. doesn't appear he does it for any gratification purposes. when you listen to him, he seems to be quite the gentleman. >> you see the teacher pushing. >> that could easily be construed as the teacher having a bad day. you know, are we a society of robots? can we not show a little bit of affection to our fellow man? so it becomes problematic. i can only hope the school will re-evaluate and apply whatever policies they do with reason, with compassion, and with dignity. >> you're riled up on this one today, joey jackson. my goodness. >> and with common sense. as we've talked about before, and this is something really in the mom's favor. she says no one ever told her that there was an issue about her son hugging teachers, right. the teacher in question here says she has warned the student in the past. he says he never got a warning. he said that he's hugged these teachers, including this teacher. if there's no warning and if there's no discussion with the mom, she could say, wait a
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second, couldn't you have taken other steps before we got to a one-year suspension. >> and that's a legal issue too. something very important about the law is notice. you have to be on notice you're doing something improper, inappropriate before you're scolded for it and suspended for it and lose your scholarship and your future is put in jeopardy for a hug. >> i can't believe we're talking about this. i really can't. >> it's horrible. >> i'd like to give you a hug, but i'm just not sure i can. >> commercial break. >> maybe not even then. >> joey, kelly, thank you both very much. coming up, sop incredibly rare beatles songs released on itunes today. why now? and i wonder what ringo and paul think about this. a beatles historian joins me live next. [ male announcer ] the new new york is open.
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a heart-stopping moment at an airport in poland. watch the left side of your screen carefully with me. this is a dad, puts his baby on this luggage counter. turns away for half a second. watch the baby with me. in a moment, baby falls -- there it goes -- off the table. incredibly, you can't really see this, but this quick-thinking squurt guard dives in, catching the child inches from the floor. this happened last month, but the video is just now being released. apparently the officer received a bonus for his quick hands. 50 years ago today the british invasion changed american music really forever. now here we are half a century later and this rare collection has been released.
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it's called the beatles bootleg recordings, 1963. they went on sale today to meet a deadline that otherwise would have made bootlegging the music legal. here's one of the 59 tracks. you know this. "there's a place." ♪ like i said, 59 songs. these tracks are mostly recordings from bbc performances from 1963. you hear them talking, the studio outtake, some of the demos. some fans may have missed the sale. in several countries, not the u.s., but several other countries, the songs were taken down practically as quickly as they popped up on itunes. join manager e now, john mcmillan.
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nice to meet you. there's the cover of his book. let's talk specifically about these 59 songs that just sort of popped out of nowhere it seems like right on itunes. this is really -- was it more of a copyright issue? >> that's right. so these were songs that had never been formally or officially released. bootleggers know all about them. >> the beatles nerds. >> the beatles obsessives know about these songs. they're always anxious to hear them. they were released on itunes in order to extend the copyright protection. they would have fall into the public domain and people would have been allowed to put out collections without the beatles' approval of some of their unreleased music. >> so this extends it from, say, 50 years to 70. but let's talk about the music. here's another one of the tracks. this is "bad to me." roll it. ♪
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i think what's especially fascinating is these different tracks. it's not what you're used to hearing. there's something maybe a little different. so for the beatles obsessive fan, it's really a special treat. >> well, a lot of these songs, of course, were not on their regular albums. they appeared on the bbc. some of them are low-fi recordings that were actually the master tapes in many cases that were never preserved. so curators had to find these songs from original broadcasts. they were not always easy to find. they show the beatles very early in their career. beatles obsessives can learn things about their creative process that they might not have otherwise known. so for the real beatle lovers, this is a big treat. >> what about, though, let's say beatle lovers aside, what about ringo and paul? what do you think they think about this? >> well, i would be hard pressed to answer. i know they're protective about what beatles material gets released.
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so a lot of people would like them to release, i think there's about 11 cd's worth of bbc recordings people would like to hear. they've been putting out the songs that only they want fans to hear. they want a lot of control over what gets released. so the real beatles fans would love to see more of this out. >> what does this say, though, about, to use the phrase beatle mania. here we are 50 years later after the invasion and you and i are sitting here on national television talking about a group of songs that just, poof, popped up out of thin air. >> sure. well, they never would have predicted this would be the case because the songs weren't carefully preserved. when the beatles were first getting going, they very much thought they were going to be a fad, they would exist for a few years. so they worked incredibly hard because they thought that pretty soon another group would come along and take their place. >> not so much. >> there wasn't a precedence for a group like the beatles to evolve and mature like they did and carry on.
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they never would have imagined this incredible interest in their early recordings. >> how long do you think it lasts? >> what lasts? >> the interest, the love. >> oh, forever. >> forever. john mcmillan, thank you very much. coming up next, george zimmerman has a new hobby. not only does it involve making cash, he says it helps keep him indoors. plus, you have probably seen it online. zimmerman's former attorney mark o'mara responds to an ethics complaint made to the florida bar association. he joins me live next here on cnn. mine was earned orbiting the moon in 1971. afghanistan in 2009. on the u.s.s. saratoga in 1982. [ male announcer ] once it's earned, usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve current and former military members and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto insurance quote. usaa.
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the auction began monday with the starting bid of 99 cents. as of today, it has 98 bids and has reached nearly $100,000. zimmerman has been in and out of the spotlight, as you know, since his july acquittal in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old trayvon martin. meanwhile, you have probably seen the headline out there saying one of the lawyers who helped get him acquitted is now being hit with an ethics complaint for the way he handled the zimmerman case. the florida bar association confirms to cnn that there is a complaint in the system with mark o'mara's name on it and it has to do with the zimmerman case, but that's all they can reveal. so let's ask mark o'mara himself, who i should mention out of transparency is a cnn legal analyst, joins me live to respond. nice to have you on. >> brooke, how you doing? >> great. tell me, what does this complaint allege? >> well, i have to blame myself. what happened was way back in april of 2012 after being in the
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case about two weeks, we found out about the legal defense fund that george had started, and we were also trying to deal with the way the media was sort of inundating us and the office so i contacted the ethics portion of the florida bar to say what do i do with the website, what do i do with the twitter account, what do i do with a legal defense fund. based upon that, they opened up a file and we had communications back and forth. they had no guidelines and i was sort of making up my guidelines along the way and as it turns out, sort of the model for how to handle these cases in the future, but that's really the grievance or nongrievance. it was just the bar's opportunity to give me some advice on how to handle twitter accounts, facebook accounts and the legal defense fund. >> back when george zimmerman was trying to -- this legal defense fund trying to raise money on his own behalf for his defense, i just have to ask, was this something, was this your suggestion to try to do this? did you advise him in any way to do this? >> when he got to me, he had
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already started a legal defense fund, a website saying i'm george zimmerman, can you please help me out, i'm in hiding and i need money. the first week i got involved in the case, i realized it's never been done in florida and as far as i knew, throughout the country, i told him to stop, that we couldn't do it that way because you're asking for donations, there has to be a procedure put in place. that's when i contacted the bar, contacted a local state agency to try and do it the right way so i didn't come up with the idea but i took george's idea and tried to make it as appropriate and legal as we could. >> so with the complaint now, where does this stand? are you in the clear? >> yeah, i'm going to be exonerated. it's not a complaint like somebody complained about what i was doing. i was really frustrated because the reporter who reported it had no information at all. they just contacted the florida bar and said is there a complaint out there and of course, all the florida bar can do is say yes or no. i as the respondent or the one doing it, i can explain it which
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is what i'm trying to do now, which is just to say it had nothing to do with acting inappropriately or improperly. it was just how do we handle a legal defense fund, how do we handle a twitter account because it was so new that i was trying to do a website on george's behalf in a way that kept me out of trouble, which is what we did. >> so now that we have you on the record explaining your role in this, i have also read that you actually suggest that other high profile cases should look at your case, this case, as an example. how do you mean? >> well, the florida bar even sent me an article written by a professor who specializes in ethics out of new york university. the way we did this and it sounds like i'm patting myself on the back but it was exactly the right way. we didn't use it for advertising or to really forward a position of my client's guilt or innocence. we just did it in a way that got information out to the public in an appropriate, rational and reasonable way, and this is now
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going to happen more and more often. every two or three months, there's going to be a case similar to zimmerman or casey anthony or something that's going to get national spotlight, and if a criminal defense lawyer doesn't know how to handle this, they are going to get himself or herself in a lot of trouble so use the benefit of the hundreds of hours of work that we did to do it the right way. we're there in case we can help answer questions for people. >> mark o'mara, thank you very much. >> thanks, brooke. coming up next, the story you have to hear to believe. his father listens to his daughter sing for the very first time after this life-changing device helps him hear. you can't miss this. [ male announcer ] here's a question for you: the energy in one gallon of gas is also enough to keep your smartphone running for how long? 30 days?
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now this. this is just fantastic. this is what i want to leave you with today. a missouri father who has been deaf since birth is hearing the world around him for the very first time but there is one sound that has forever changed his life. the voice of his daughter singing. their story from ann allred. >> reporter: ashley staley was preparing for the show choir christmas concert and hoping for a christmas miracle.
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>> i knew he was getting the hearing aid but i didn't know if it was going to work. >> reporter: the new technology only out for 12 months. it requires ashley to wear a special microphone. >> this is the microphone that will go to this receiver. this receiver will go up to his hearing aid. >> reporter: the night had come. >> christmas is a time of miracles. >> reporter: ashley had a special surprise. >> the father of ashley -- >> reporter: her first solo. >> we decided to not put it in the program. it would be a complete surprise. ♪ the snow's coming down >> reporter: the song she chose? "daddy please come home for christmas." ♪ lots of people around daddy please come home ♪ >> reporter: when she finished, an embrace after the moment that changed their lives. >> he was closing his eyes. listening to my voice. >> reporter: a voice he had never heard before. >> i got goosebumps all over me.
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i'm very proud of my daughter. >> goosebumps. thank you so much for being with me. see you back here on cnn 11:30 eastern tonight. now "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. so president obama today asked the ceo of netflix for an advanced copy of next season's "house of cards." he doesn't have it already? i guess the nsa does have its limits. i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." the national lead. where does your privacy stop and the government's need to know begin? tech companies raided by the nsa for user data sent executives to the white house to ask the government and the president to back off. the world lead. want to make sure everyone attends a service in your father's memory? executing your own uncle for disloyalty will get those rsvps rolling in. is north korea plain

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